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Getting to know Grand Rapids through its murals

Rapid Growth photographer Adam Bird has begun documenting the diverse murals that grace the walls of Grand Rapids' neighborhoods, some well-known and others tucked away. Get to know the city through its street art in this week's photo slideshow.


G-Sync: Wanna be startin' something, Grand Rapids

UICA's Exit Space Project is about to debut something truly amazing at the street level, but G-Sync Lifestyle Editor Tommy Allen asks if we're ready as a community for what these new murals, a form of street art, will signal within our region. Hold the spray paint and read on.

Sidewalk Festival for the Performing Arts

How the arts inspire change in Detroit

When we think about the value of public art in Grand Rapids, it's worth taking a look across the state. In Detroit, art isn’t just something to look at. The city’s rich artistic tradition has been an essential ingredient for cultivating community resilience, engagement and vitality.

Kris Spaulding

UIX: Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry.

Brewery Vivant recently became a B Corporation, adding motivation to their constant search for improvement in the areas of people, profit, and planet. UIX editor Matthew Russell talks with Vivant's Kris Spaulding to find out why the beloved brewery is embracing its new status.


Do Good: Center for Community Leadership helps nonprofits to step up their game

These days, more nonprofits than ever are bringing their organizations to the next level by teaming up with community leaders, movers, and shakers from the public, private, and government sectors. Smart move. And the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce’s Center for Community Leadership is making it easier than ever for professionals and organizations to connect.


Jumping ship: Why some leaders are leaving the corporate world for the social sector

Rapid Growth's "Not Your Average Speaker Series" August 27th will focus on some West Michigan leaders who have left the corporate world for work in the social sector (or vice versa). Check out the details inside.

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